Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 2094

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2094 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to amend the important agricultural land qualified agricultural cost tax credit established under section 235-110.93, Hawaii Revised Statutes.


     More specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Repeals the cap amounts of the tax credit; and


     (2)  Extends by nine years the time period that the Department of Agriculture may certify qualified agricultural costs for purposes of claiming the credit.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Planning and Permitting of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, Hawaii Farm Bureau, Kamehameha Schools, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, and Ulupono Initiative.


     Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Taxation, and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

     Your Committee finds that the important agricultural land qualified agricultural cost tax credit was enacted in 2008 to foster the long-term viability of agriculture production on important agricultural lands in the State.  However, since 2008, very few agricultural entities have been able to utilize the tax credit due to the enormous costs associated with agricultural operations and the planning, construction, repair, and maintenance of agricultural infrastructure.


Your Committee believes it is in the State's interest to continue assisting agricultural businesses to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations on important agricultural lands by providing incentives, such as income tax credits, to promote, among other things, the development of agricultural infrastructure projects.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Reinstating the cap amounts of the tax credit as unspecified amounts;


     (2)  Changing to unspecified amounts the percentage of qualified agricultural costs that may be claimed as a credit; and


     (3)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2094, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2094, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,